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September 24, 2007 at 1:39 PM

Monday notes

Tyrone Willingham’s weekly press conference is over, and for those hoping for big changes in the wake of the UCLA loss you’re out of luck.
Willingham is very much a stay-the-course kind of guy, and that was his general theme today.
Yes, he said, a lot of areas have to improve, but he also saw some good things at times, such as the 21 points by the offense in the fourth quarter.
And when he talked of improvements, he talked mostly in generalities, so there’s little to really give you in terms of “they’re going to do this.”
The lineup, as I presented earlier, looks the same as a week ago other than the one CB spot, where I would expect Byron Davenport will be the starter should he stay healthy. Willingham said only that the coaches will look at it “through the week” and then make a determination on a starter.
Asked about Jake Locker and the fact he made some high throws against UCLA, Willingham said that those were “just some individual throws. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a quarterback who didn’t have some high throws and some low throws.”
Willingham might have made his most specific comments talking about the offensive line, calling their play of late merely “okay. I don’t think we’re at the top of our game yet. I don’t know if we are phyiscally doing the things I expect or think they can do. We still need to be better in some of our assignments, we still need to be more aggressive.”
Asked about playing more running backs, Willingham said “it depends on how the game goes and what is happening with the game. We will look at that. I think there are some things those guys can do and some things they can’t do.”
Overall on the offense, Willingham said there have been too many “assignment breakdowns and physical breakdowns” of late. “We’ve had guys wanting to make plays and that’s something we talk to our team about is patience, patience, patience. Because often when you want to do too much it means you are not doing your job, you are trying to do everyone’s job. I think we have a little of that going on within our system.”
As far as the defense, Willingham said that “we probably had as many missed tackles as we’ve had in a while. That showed up in some of the big plays, that was part of the kickoff return, the long run. We had some opportunities to make that play and we didn’t make them, and we’ve got to put them in a great place structurally as a coach.”
Willingham said he thinks some of the defenders have “got ourselves in bad positions” at times, and that “in some cases we have not bad the right alignments that we’ve needed to be in.”
There was no new injury news, with Willingham saying at the moment there are no new injuries that would keep anyone out of the USC game.
The team’s Players of the Week were Anthony Russo for offense and special teams and Dan Howell for defense. The scout team players of the week were Jovon O’Connor (defense), Charles Hawkins (offense) and Cort Dennison (special teams).
And yes, ESPN Gameday is going to Eugene for the Oregon-Cal game.

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